There aren’t a ton of instances in which education reporters find themselves in potentially life or death situations, but in a long career they can happen.

Way back in Spring 2008, LA Times reporter Howard Blume fought to get himself on campus in the chaotic aftermath of a large-scale lunchtime disruption between groups of students.

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Last Spring during the unrest in Baltimore, Sun reporter Erica Green found herself in or near the thick of things.

And way back in 2001, WNYC reporter Beth Fertig covered 9/11. Watch her talk about that experience in the video below, produced last week in honor of the anniversary.

Beth Fertig – I had no idea what my job was that day from 911 Tribute Center on Vimeo.

There are certainly other examples — please let us know.

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Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at